The Magic Furnace
By (author) Marcus Chown
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Magic Furnace by Marcus Chown
Book DescriptionEvery atom in our bodies has an extraordinary history. Our blood, our food, our books, our clothes - everything contains atoms forged in blistering furnaces deep inside stars, which were blown into space by those stars' cataclysmic explosions and deaths. From red giants - stars so enormous they could engulf a million suns - to supernova explosions - the most violent events in the universe - the birth of every atom was marked by cosmic events on an enormous scale, against a backdrop of unimaginable heat and cold, brightness and darkness, space and time. But how did we discover the astonishing truth about our cosmic origins? THE MAGIC FURNACE is Marcus Chown's extraordinary account of how scientists unravelled the mystery of atoms, and helped to explain the dawn of life. It is one of the greatest detective stories in the history of science. In fact, it is two puzzles intertwined, for the stars contain the key to unlocking the secret of atoms, and the atoms the solution to the secret of stars.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099578017
(198mm x 128mm x 16mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 3-Aug-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Marcus Chown
Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You, Paperback (September 2014)
Did you know that there's so much empty space inside matter that the entire human race could be squeezed into the volume of a sugar cube? Or that you grow old more quickly on the top floor of a building than on the ground floor? The author explains topics ranging from the Big Bang and Einstein's general theory of relativity to quantum theory.
What a Wonderful World, Paperback (September 2014)
Why do we breathe? What is money? How does the brain work? Why did life invent sex? Does time really exist? How does capitalism work - or not, as the case may be? Written by the author of Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You, this book intends to answer simple questions about the workings of our everyday lives.
Tweeting the Universe, Paperback (March 2013)» View all books by Marcus Chown
In 140 pages, the authors present 140 explanations of the biggest questions in physics - in the form of 10 or so tweets per page. They set themselves the challenge of boiling down what is essential on each subject into sentences of 140 characters, and the results are both entertaining and brilliantly informative.
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Author Biography - Marcus Chown
Marcus Chown is New Scientist's cosmology consultant. He is the author of Afterglow of Creation, which was runner-up for the Rhone- Poulenc Science Book Prize, and was the winner of the 1994 Glaxo Wellcome ABSW Science Writers' Award.
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